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Re: [CQ-Contest] New Trick?

Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] New Trick?
From: John Laney <k4bai@worldnet.att.net>
Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2006 16:28:39 -0500
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Working out-of-the band DX stations on SSB in DX Contests isn't a new 
phenomenon.  When I heard about it this weekend, at first I thought 
maybe it was people who heard about the new 80 meter SSB frequencies and 
erroneously assumed they were already effective (and that only a select 
few knew about it).

However, I recall that I was the QSL manager for CQ WW SSB contest 
operations from Barbados by K3KG and K4FJ plus others some years (as 
8P9HR and 8P9Z) and Jack and Steve told me that I wouldn't have believed 
the stations who called them on their own frequencies out of the US 
bands.  This was from 1987 through 2000.  Because stations outside NA 
count for more points than other NA stations, Jack and Steve were often 
running on their own frequencies below 14150 or 21200 or 28300 or 7200 
or 3750.  So, the only way for US stations to work them was to go down 
and do it illegally (or wait for them to move into or listen in the US 
SSB band).  The increase in recent years could be partially explained by 
the increasing number of people who "point and shoot" at DX spots on the 
computer, without necessarily thinking about the frequency the station 
is on.

In order to minimize this problem, at NQ4I last weekend, Rick filtered 
out all spots below 14150, 21200, and 28300.  He couldn't do that on 40 
and 75 meters for obvious reasons.  In past years, a couple of times, I 
caught my search and pounce operator trying to work a Spanish EC prefix 
station on SSB below 21200 because he had grabbed a spot without 
thinking about what frequency it was for.  I guess that problem is 
aleviated now that EC stations have more phone frequencies.  We worked 
many of them in the 15-M US phone band this weekend.

For the same reason, people need to remember to check and not just grab 
spots that are too close to the upper limit of the bands on 15 and 20 
and too close to the lower limit on 40 and 80.  There are always a few 
stations running on 21448 and above or on 14348 and above.


John, K4BAI.
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